The head of the UN nuclear agency and Tehran officials agreed to continue negotiations, but did not provide details of outstanding issues.
Tehran, Iran A few days before the visit of the Director General of the Nuclear Supervisory Agency to Tehran, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed to maintain communication and dialogue to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement in Vienna.
Rafael Grossi landed in the Iranian capital late on Monday and met with the country’s nuclear director, Mohammad Eslami, earlier on Tuesday. The two subsequently stated at a joint press conference that they agreed to continue negotiations.
Grossi is the third such visit since February this year. He said that the two sides will continue the talks to seek “common ground” and achieve positive results.
Eslamy said that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency agreed that the country’s nuclear program found no “abnormalities”, which he said was carried out within the framework of the safeguards agreement.
Since the United States unilaterally abandoned its nuclear agreement and imposed sanctions in 2018, Iran’s nuclear program has gradually made progress. The country now enriches uranium by up to 60% and uses advanced centrifuges, but insists that its nuclear goals are strict and peaceful.
The head of Iran’s nuclear issue also said on Tuesday that Grossi had questions about “some circumstances announced by our enemy as evidence to the agency.” He said he answered these questions but did not elaborate further. He added that some issues are unresolved and some are related to the past and no longer last.
“Today we agreed to end these situations and adopt the approach we will adopt-negotiations are still ongoing-they will not continue,” Eslami said.
Iran and the agency have been arguing about the undeclared particles found in several nuclear facilities years ago.
Recently, the two also diverged on the issue of entering the Karaj centrifuge parts production base, which was accused by Iran of a destructive attack by Israel in June. Since Iran stated that the security and judicial investigation of the site is underway, the agency has not conducted surveillance visits to the site, and several cameras of the agency have been damaged in the attack.
Grossi’s visit was conducted the day before the start of the IAEA board meeting. For fear of disrupting the upcoming talks in Vienna, it is unlikely to take any action to condemn Iran.
Iran and the signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as formally known as the nuclear agreement, will reconvene in the Austrian capital on November 29 to resume six rounds of talks, which were suspended in June to allow the president Ebrahim Raisi formed his new government.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency does not plan to meet with Raisi, but he will meet with Foreign Minister Hussein Amirabdorahian for the first time later on Tuesday.